Postgraduate Opportunities with the Space Physics Group
Studies in Physics, and more particularly in space physics, provide skills and experience
which are in demand in a wide variety of areas such as:
Development and use of instrumentation
Electronics, communications and instrumentation industries; medicine; engineering, including aerospace; physics
research including radiation and biophysics; astronomy; exploration geophysics.
Computation and mathematical modelling
Applied physics based industries including exploration geophysics, minerals processing,
telecommunications, medical physics; defence, including simulation and modelling;
astronomy; physics research; almost all of engineering; teaching.
This is an important, developing field, which is the core of research in the Space Physics Research Group and relates to signal analyses in widely different areas such as astronomy,
exploration geophysics, medical physics, defence, image development in commerce and advertising, animation.
Where are the jobs?
All graduates and postgraduates from the Space Physics Research Group have readily found
employment. In fact, most had several job offers before completion of their project work. Here
are some of the positions they were offered or have accepted:
- Research in exploration geophysics, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Research in magnetospheric physics, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Research in magnetospheric physics, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Research in solar physics, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Research in aeronomy, Lindau, Germany
- Research in space physics, San Francisco, USA
- Research in marine detection systems (defence), Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Research in radar remote sensing (defence), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Microwave technique development (defence), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Mathematical modeling and simulation (defence), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Research in magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Ionospheric prediction and commercial applications, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Lecturing in physics, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Lecturing in physics, Windhoek, Namibia
- Defence strategy analysis, Canberra, Australia
- Merchant banking, software and applications, Canberra, Australia
- Research and development, mining systems and exploration, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
- Research in space physics, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Image processing for astronomy, Canberra, Australia
- Research in soil mechanics, Canberra, Australia
- Research in atmospheric physics, Townsville, Qld, Australia
- Research in laser physics, Armidale, NSW, Australia
- Research in astrophysics, London, United Kingdom
- Research in magnetspheric physics, Leicester, United Kingdom
- Medical physics radioimaging, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Research in radioimaging, medical physics, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Medical physics research, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Research in theoretical astrophysics, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- Research in environmental engineering and monitoring, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- Software research and development, Singapore
How do I apply for enrolment?
For details on how to apply for enrolment as a postgraduate student in the Space Physics Research
Group in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, contact the
Research Higher Degrees Office at the University of Newcastle. Scholarships are available on a competitive
basis. These scholarships are normally tenable for 3 years in the case of a PhD student. In addition, MSc and PhD students often find casual teaching work as laboratory demonstrators or tutors, typically 6 hr/week during semester.
Postgraduate Project Areas
There are research opportunities in a number of exciting areas, encompassing theoretical, analytical and experimental projects. Examples include:
- Mathematical modelling of plasma instability processes in the Earth's magnetosphere and comparison with spacecraft data
- Observations and subsequent modelling of geomagnetic pulsations recorded using ground
magnetometer arrays or ionospheric sounders. Many of our experimental projects involve travel
to field locations (Antarctica, northern Australia, etc) and analytic projects involve access
to comprehensive spacecraft databases.
- Opportunities exist for new projects in Antarctic ionospheric physics (imaging riometer, all sky imager, radar and magnetometer arrays)
- Modeling wave propagation in the magnetosphere.
For information on possible projects, contact
Prof. B.J. Fraser,
Prof. F.W. Menk or
Prof. C.L. Waters.
What background do I need?
- To enrol as an MSc/PhD student in the Space Physics Research Group you require a good honours
degree in Physics, or Mathematics or Engineering with a comprehensive physics content. Areas of
importance are plasma physics, electromagnetism, electronics (for those with an experimental
leaning), and scientific computing. We have a blend of Australian and overseas students in our
team, and have had students from China, Ukraine, Germany, Vietnam, India, Singapore, and the
UK work in our group. Several female students have undertaken projects in our group, leading
to employment in research groups in astrophysics, medical physics and in industry.
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